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Stars of David - Week of Feb. 16, 2012

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We wuz robbed! Well, that's the feeling "Stars" is getting these days on discovery that Stars of David is being made into a musical. Turns out that this elegantly named show is based on Abigail Pogrebin's collection of interviews with Jewish stars and how they relate to their faith; it's being staged next month at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre, headquarters of the Philadelphia Theatre Company. Gordon Greenberg is directing; Charles Busch is librettist, abetted by such composers as Sheldon Harnick and William Finn. What -- no royalties?

Try the snapper soup! Jay Silver must feel like he never left work when he portrays Yurtle the Turtle in the Temple Sinai production of Seussical the Musical for a series of performances beginning Feb. 22. When he's not on stage playing the Dr. Seuss shell game, Silver's role is as "fish expert" at George's Dreshertown Shop 'n Bag, which is also a sponsor of the show. Now who in Who-ville would have known that?

Tying a nice LeBow on the package: Stephen A. Cozen of Cozen O'Connor was named the LeBow College of Business Business Leader of the Year at the Drexel U. school's 58th annual function, held at the Hyatt at the Bellevue. ... This news is embargoed until, well, now: Debbie Albert and Barbara Linkhave been elected to the 2012 board of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.

Four he's a jolly good fellow -- and an even better money man. That's the status of John A. Solis-Cohen, managing director/investment officer with Wells Fargo Advisors in Jenkintown, just named -- again, for the fourth straight year -- to the Top 1,000 financial advisers in the nation by Barron's.

Joshua Klein, along withPaul Cohen, have been named co-chairs of the legislative committee of the Apartment Association of Greater Philadelphia. Which is all very exciting but what Klein really wanted to talk about was how he got Mickey Morandini to ground out in a tight spot while pitching at the recently wrapped Phillies Dream Week in Florida. And, yes, Klein -- who obviously has lost nothing off his fast ball over the years -- was a member of the week's championship team.

Good question for H. Rap Brown: Why Don't American Cities Burn?, authored by Michael B. Katz, the Walter H. Annenberg Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania, has just been published.

They got the horse right here: Can-do actor Richard Kind -- product of "What Trenton Makes, the World Takes" -- is betting on the world of horse racing these days as one of the Damon Runyon-esque characters of HBO's Lucky. And he's got talent, too.

The fickle finger of fate? Well, no doubt Alison Klayman deserved her docu award that was the special jury prize of the Sundance Film Festival, but it was her handy acceptance speech that set Twitter atwitter. In accepting her award forAi Weiwei: Never Sorry, about the dissident Chinese artist, the native Philadelphian and Akiba alum lasked those gathered to give Weiwei the, uh, finger. Why? Because, it seems, artist Weiwei did just that in a series of famous photographs taken of him in front of worldwide landmarks, including the White House. Name of his tongue-in-cheek, finger-in-the-air salutations? "Finger." No idea what Klayman would come up with if she were ever assigned a remake of The Birds.

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